The KC Royals lost their series opener in Boston, 4-1.
Right now, you do not want to play the Red Sox, who are suddenly scoring runs and getting good pitching. They are 6-4 in their last ten games and have won three in a row. It also coincides with manager John Farrell’s cancer announcement (in which he stepped down).
With two outs and a runner on first base in the third, Travis Shaw doubled. Ryan Hanigan singled in two runs on an 0-2 pitch. Jackie Bradley, Jr followed with an RBI triple.
Duffy allowed all four runs on seven hits and two walks over five innings. He struck out three. Kris Medlen (will he slide into the rotation next week?) allowed three hits over three scoreless innings of relief. He struck out two.
The Royals collected six hits, with five being singles. Mike Moustakas hit a solo home run in the fifth off Red Sox starter Wade Miley, who lasted 7.1 innings.
*Over the weekend, the Royals announced that they signed veterans Wandy Rodriguez and Joba Chamberlain. Both made their Triple-A Omaha debuts this week and both were disasters.
Wandy debuted first, and that came on Tuesday night in Salt Lake. He allowed a run on three hits and a walk over just 2/3 of an inning. He threw 35 pitches, 21 for strikes.
Joba debuted on Wednesday night in Las Vegas. He did not record an out. However, he allowed four runs on four hits, a balk, and two wild pitches.
It could be a stretch for either of those two to help the Royals down the stretch if they continue to pitch THAT poorly.
*The Royals traded for infielder Edwards Salcedo, who was playing for Double-A Altoona (Pittsburgh) prior to the trade, where he hit just .238 in 74 games. He made his NW Arkansas debut on Tuesday night in San Antonio.
Salcedo went 0-for-3 with two strikeouts in his debut. He was then placed on the DL the following day.